Outfielder Sam Fuld of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a fly ball against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Tropicana Field on April 18, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

White Sox Shut Out In Tampa, Lose Fifth Straight

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Sam Fuld Hits, Fields Rays Past White Sox 5-0

White Sox fans are probably wishing that the Cubs hadn’t traded Sam Fuld to the Rays.

In just a couple of short weeks, the outfielder Vin Scully once called “Little Sam Fuld” has become the toast of Tampa Bay, hitting balls all over the place and making several spectacular diving catches.

He did both again Monday night, going 4-for-4 — his second four-hit game of the young season — and making another body-risking catch in the outfield, and David Price threw eight shutout innings. The Rays beat the White Sox 5-0, extending the Sox’ losing streak to five.

Ben Zobrist and Felipe Lopez homered for the Rays, who, after an 0-6 start, have now won seven of their last ten and moved to within three games of the AL East-leading Yankees with Monday night’s victory.

The Sox could manage only three singles and a Ramon Castro double off Price, who struck out nine, and Joel Peralta, who finished up the game in the ninth inning.

The two teams will meet again on Tuesday evening in Tampa.


White Sox Monday Lineup Against Rays

The White Sox will line up this way against the Rays on Monday night:

1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Gordon Beckham 2B
3. Carlos Quentin DH
4. Paul Konerko 1B
5. Alex Rios CF
6. Alexei Ramirez SS
7. Ramon Castro C
8. Brent Lillibridge RF
9. Brent Morel 3B

Edwin Jackson will be on the mound for the Sox. Once again, game time is 5:40 p.m. CDT (kind of an unusual time), and CSN Chicago Plus has the call.


White Sox Try It Again Against Rays, This Time In Tampa

The White Sox had a pretty good series against the Rays in Chicago to open the home season, winning three out of four against a Tampa team that was off to a rough start.

Even then, though, some of the woes that have bedeviled the Sox so far this year started to raise their head -- the one loss in the series was due to a massive bullpen meltdown and a five-run Rays ninth inning.

Since that game, the Rays scored 16 runs against the Red Sox and swept a two game series in Boston that was abbreviated by rain, and took three of four from a good Twins team, including a walkoff victory when Johnny Damon hit an RBI single after Ben Zobrist had tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Rays have won six of nine after an 0-6 start; meanwhile, the Sox are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Angels and have lost four in a row. After this series is over the Sox and Rays will have played eight times in the Sox' first 19 games -- and then they won't meet again the rest of the season.

Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Sox; he'll face the Rays' David Price. Game time is 5:40 p.m. CDT and the telecast is on CSN Chicago Plus (CLTV in Chicago; other places check your cable system).

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